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Toxicity of remedies for infantile colic
  1. Moisés Rodríguez-González1,
  2. Isabel Benavente Fernández2,
  3. Pamela Zafra Rodríguez2,
  4. Alfonso M Lechuga-Sancho3,
  5. Simón Lubián López2
  1. 1Pediatric Cardiology Section, Hospital Universitario Puerta del Mar, Cádiz, Spain
  2. 2Neonatology Section, Hospital Universitario Puerta del Mar, Cádiz, Spain
  3. 3Pediatric Endocrinology Section, Hospital Universitario Puerta del Mar, Cádiz, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Dr Moisés Rodríguez González, Pediatric Cardiology Section, Hospital Universitario Puerta del Mar, C/Isaac Peral 13, San Fernando, Cádiz 11100, Spain; moirogo{at}gmail.com

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Carminatives are substances that prevent the formation and/or promote elimination of intestinal gas by an antispasmodic effect on the gastrointestinal smooth muscle. They are frequently used to treat infant colic, and are usually easily obtained over-the-counter in pharmacies and other health-related stores. They are seemingly not identified as drugs by the caregiver, which increases their sense of security, plus there is a lack of control in the presentation and marketing of these products. In addition, some carminatives include belladonna alkaloids and/or star anise, substances that could have serious side effects. All this is cause for concern, as there are many factors that together may increase …

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